Saunders, Hunnicutt, Spangler earn honors

OU went 3-0 in basketball last week and the Sooners football team upset Oklahoma State. Players from both sports earned Big 12 weekly honors Monday.

With only two Big 12 football games last weekend there was a good chance Oklahoma could earn some conference awards for the week.

That chance increased in a huge way when the Sooners found a way to win at Bedlam rival Oklahoma State.

Wide receiver Jalen Saunders was named Offensive Player of the Week, while junior kicker Michael Hunnicutt was named the Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday morning.

Saunders did a little bit of everything in Bedlam. He caught the game-winning seven-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game. He had five catches for 39 yards, two rushes for 49 yards and a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Hunnicutt was solid in the kicking game, notching two more field goals against the Cowboys. But no doubt Hunnicutt earned the honor for scoring his first touchdown. He caught an eight-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal in the third quarter.

Hunnicutt has made 23 field goals this season, setting an all-time single season record at OU. This is the second honor for Saunders, who was a co-special teams player of the week when he returned a punt for a score in a win against Iowa State.

The news was good for the basketball team as well as OU power forward Ryan Spangler was announced as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday morning.

Spangler has made the most out of his chances to play since transferring from Gonzaga and came up huge in OU's 3-0 week last week.

He averaged 13 points and 11.7 rebounds, while also shooting 61 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the free throw line. He shares the honor with Baylor's Kenny Chery this week.

Included in the week for Spangler was a career-high night against Mercer where he had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and he has recorded three double-doubles in his last four games.


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